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Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  444 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Originally published in 1949, the unusual plot takes the Darcys into the realm of the Gothic.
Mr. Darcy must appoint a new rector at Pemberley, which affords the author the opportunity to introduce a host of new characters to mingle with the beloved and familiar ones of Jane Austen.
A delightfully witty plot, full of surprises:
"Who could have foretold that Dr. Robinson, w
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1949)
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Laurel
Feb 22, 2014 Laurel rated it really liked it
It is with great pleasure that I learned that the classic Pride and Prejudice sequel, Pemberley Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt, would be re-issued in September by Sourcebooks. Originally published in 1949, it was the second Jane Austen sequel ever to be written and not easily available for purchase unless you were lucky enough to find a small boutique publisher’s edition or a second-hand copy offered at outrageous prices for a first edition. Having existed as the ultimate mysterious and al ...more
Sheila Majczan
May 23, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Unlike some sequels that start immediately where "Pride and Prejudice" ends, in "Pemberley Shades" we drop in on the Darcy's during their third year of marriage. We see that things haves settled nicely for them, they have established a routine, and learned much about each other. In the midst of this "happily ever after" Darcy searches for a new rector for his parish and has trouble finding anyone who can measure up to his standards (he most likely will not choose anyone who gives any resemblance ...more
Katherine
Apr 02, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing
The writing style of this author was great! The way Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage was portrayed was just perfect - in character, in time period and realistic. Darcy must pick a new vicar for Pemberley and the one recommended to him by an old friend is a mystery in himself. I wouldn't describe this novel as gothic but a slight mystery - nothing too shocking. Some of my suspicions proved true whereas others did not so I enjoyed the novel. Very well written! I'd love to read so,wing by this author ...more
Lynn
Dec 31, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it
Pemberley Shades by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt is subtitled “a lightly Gothic tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy,” but very little happens that could justifiably be termed as sinister or bizarre. There is a mystery about one character’s true identity, but we are informed of that almost immediately and Bonavia-Hunt is unable to create a sense of danger or suspense; even when the person who is not Stephen Acworth is making improper declarations or has one or another of the ladies alone. The depiction of character ...more
Loralee
Jul 19, 2011 Loralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Recommended to Loralee by: Laurie
Shelves: chick-lit
I have read Pride and Prejudice several times. It's my favorite Jane Austen book (I've read everything she's written.) When my sister-in-law told me about this sequel, I was intrigued. Who doesn't want to know the "rest of the story?"

This book picks up a few years after Elizabeth and Darcy are wed. They now have a precocious 2 year old son. They are living together very happily, in spite of Aunt Catherine's dire predictions that their marriage is doomed. However, the need to hire a new rector a
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Georgiana 1792
Jun 30, 2012 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it
A few SHADES, more lights

Pemberley Shades fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1949 ed è il secondo sequel in assoluto di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio. Al contrario di Old Friends and New Fancies — il primo sequel di Sybil G. Brinton, scritto nel 1913 — D. A. Bonavia-Hunt poteva dare un volto ai suoi protagonisti. L’immaginario collettivo, infatti, poteva immaginare Mr Darcy come Sir Laurence Olivier ed Elizabeth Bennet come Greer Garson.
Non sappiamo se la Bonavia-Hunt abbia visto il film — molto poco
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Monica
Mar 10, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it
Two words to describe this sequel: simplistic and refreshing.

The writing style and storyline had a simple elegance to it. And while the plot was predictable in places, it was straightforward and believable. As this sequel was published in 1949, the author had no preconceived movie version of Darcy and Elizabeth, and therefore character development stemmed purely from her interpretation of Austen's original work. It was a nice change of pace to read a story written for the original characters an
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Judith
Apr 17, 2016 Judith rated it really liked it
This review is based on a different edition (Laughing Man Publications, 2007). I ordered it from a US bookseller via Amazon as it was otherwise unavailable. I had read good reviews and thought I'd give it a try.

I did not expect much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. No, it is not Jane Austen, though the style is similar enough. There were typos and typeset errors in this edition, which makes it apparent that it was self-published and not properly edited.

This aside: I liked it a lot. There is
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Hichelle Håkedal
Jan 08, 2016 Hichelle Håkedal rated it liked it
This novel has a very strong beginning with well-drawn characters. I especially liked the dialogue between Elizabeth and Darcy, and their relationship was believeable. I enjoyed the build up of tension when Mr. Acworth went to stay with them and their reactions to his character.

However, I feel that pacing in middle was way too slow and there are scenes in the book which add nothing at all to overall narrative. This, not doubt, added to the slowing down of the pace and it almost became boring if
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Katerina
Jul 29, 2015 Katerina rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-p-variations
Now this was fun! According to my knowledge this is the second sequel to Jane Austens novels ever to be written. And I must say this is the first one I really enjoyed reading.
The characters are sort of true to the original characters of Pride and Prejudice, though given the time difference they did developped a bit. Not only Darcy is severe when it comes to propriety but it seems that Elisabeth got that from him also and speaks like a book and seems to be quite unforgiving in situations where I
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Carol Perrin
Feb 14, 2015 Carol Perrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pemberley Shades: Pride and Prejudice Continues

Deception and lies do not get passed the Darcys and Gardiners. The Personage is in need of a new Rector of Pemberley. Many responses come to Darcy, including one from Mr. Collins, and Darcy is having difficulties choosing a candidate. One name stands out and Darcy goes to London to interview him. Unbeknownst to Darcy, Stephen Acworth has a brother born from a French actress and his father. Their father dies before he could change his will to include
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Christina
May 31, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
Pemberley Shades, originally published in 1949, is widely considered to not only be the first Pride and Prejudice sequel, but first published form of FanFiction. Bonavia-Hunt’s writing style is great; she conjures up beautiful images of Pemberley and the surrounding area, and characters that are true and believable because they are all flawed, all well-developed.

Yet, I thought the story was lacking that spark, that something special that kept it moving. It’s get dull at times with too many walks
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Hannah
Jan 16, 2010 Hannah rated it really liked it
After all the disastrous results of trying Jane Austen sequels, prequels and other "fanfiction", I was ready to go through yet another cringe-worthy experience when my sister picked this up for me from her school library. Surprisingly, I found this one the most enjoyable Pride and Prejudice sequel I had ever read.

Experience had taught me to lower my expectations and accept that authors would be hard pressed to produce a work that matches Austen's literary style, tone, wit, and also stay generall
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Helen
Dec 17, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
The first of the P&P "sequels" I've read that really seemed to capture the characters - and produce a story that didn't make me roll my eyes. There's no teeth-clenching passages of Elizabeth admiring Darcy's sexiness, or vice versa; nor does the author seek to punish the characters she dislikes. Instead, this is an at times melodramatic, but surprisingly believable, story of Elizabeth and Darcy dealing with a man who is not what he seems on top of the everyday problems that come from running ...more
Becky
Apr 05, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
What can I say about this one? Me, the skeptic who remains ever-doubtful that the perfect sequel exists? I loved this one! I did! Last week, I talked about what I expected out of an Austen sequel..."I don't expect the writer to be Jane Austen. I don't expect her to try to channel Austen when she's writing. I don't expect her to match Austen's literary style or her wit. Just a teeny tiny smidgen of it is good. If she can capture just a small trace of the charm or humor (or both) then that's enoug ...more
Lisa Houlihan
This was actually fine. I read it with pleasure instead of with loathing for both self and text. Perhaps an unrepeatable advantage for this author was to be educated and write before 1950. The plot was reasonable; neither Kitty's nor Georgiana's de-riguer marriage felt forced; Lydia and Mrs. Bennett were absent, which is wise because inimitable; and though also inimitable, Mr. Bennett was in fine form; best of all, conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth rang truthyish.
Tracie Nichols
Nov 01, 2015 Tracie Nichols rated it really liked it
I somewhat literally stumbled on this title as I was shelving books in a part of the library where we house infrequently circulated older fiction books. The author has mostly achieved the tone and pacing of an Austen work, and the story was not inconsistent with something that might have happened subsequent to the events detailed in Pride & Prejudice. For me, it was an altogether pleasant and well-done read.
Bookwyrmgyrl
Probably the best pseudo-Austen book Zi have read but still not stellar. It hits close enough to the mark to be enjoyable but the characters often seem out if character and the reasons given for their out of character behavior seem contrived. Harmless enough, though.
Tammy
Jan 02, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it
I was surprised to discover that this book was written 65+ years ago and was the second sequel of Pride and Prejudice. I have read many other sequels and variations of P&P and found this one to be faithful to the characters we know and love.
Kristen
Sep 14, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable P&P sequel. The author did a good job in maintaining the style, language and personalities of the characters P&P fans know and love. The story was interesting, although not really much of a mystery in what occurred, and the new characters that were added were a nice counterpoint to the familiar ones.

There was some fun dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth, as well as between Elizabeth and several other characters. If you are a Pride & Prejudice fan, I would reco
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Danielle Reily
May 17, 2014 Danielle Reily rated it really liked it
Normally I don't like Austen sequels, but this is a definite exception. This book was interesting and did a great job mimicking Austen's style. I recommended this novel to anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice.
Elisabetta
A general comment of the book is that is not bad, or at least it follows the Austen path of characters and places. So, it is a good sequel which is not turned into something too modern, as I have read in some other occasions. Anyway, it is a bit slow. There are too many walks and they are too long, so I guess this book could have been a bit better with less walking around :P What I found strange is that the Bennet family is not much considered, maybe it would have been nice to see Elizzabeth's p ...more
Karen
Aug 28, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: austen
One of the first Austen sequels. Darcy & Elizabeth are well drawn in this. Georgianna seems off, somehow.
Rachel
May 09, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
I was eager to read this book. I was curious to see what happened to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. While this story was interesting in its own right, it was very difficult to get into. It moved slowly. And though easier to read than Pride and Prejudice, it felt like I was being talked at as opposed to enjoying the ride along with the characters. I wish there had been more dialogue as those sections moved quickly and were far more enjoyable to read.
If you are curious about what may have happened to El
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Sabrina
Jul 05, 2011 Sabrina rated it liked it
I enjoyed this sequel of P&P. It takes place three years after the marriage so we find Elizabeth secure and in charge as Mistress of Pemberely.

The banter between her and Darcy was fun to read and the way Bonavia-Hunt wrote the dialog between them left me in no doubt they were still as much in love and understood each other very well.

I wish Elizabeth hadn't been so slow figuring things out - that made her seem a little dunce. But, seeing as she was SO busy keeping guests, I guess I won't comp
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Victoria
Oct 20, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I loved it! I thought the prose was excellent, but this may have a lot to do with the story being written in 1949 as well as Bonavia-Hunt's life experiences. I deeply enjoyed the "mystery", and was most please about the conclusion. I was surprised with the omission of characters we regularly see in sequels, such as Col. Fitzwilliam, but I liked the new characters very much. I was most impressed with Bonavia-Hunt's characterization of the original characters, it was very authentic and captivating ...more
Becky
Sep 15, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
The author continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet, now married to Mr Darcy. I wasn't expecting to like this story very much, as I imagine it difficult to achieve the literary excellence of Jane Austen. However, the characters were very engaging & the story was fun. Mystery, folly, and manners are very similar to Pride & Prejudice. There are elements of romance but, in my opinion, not nearly as "delicious" as written into Pride & Prejudice. The use of "vintage vocabulary" is aptly ap ...more
Stacey
Dec 03, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
Nice Jane-like voice, but tumbles to an ending as tho' the author chased away from her writing desk.
tree
Aug 25, 2009 tree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, stars-2
i don't quite understand why this sequel has retained such a legendary status amongst austen fen. the writing isn't bad, but the story itself is predictable. and elizabeth calling darcy "fitz"? please. this edition definitely does a disservice to the author as it's riddled with errors -- missing or randomly inserted punctuation, as well as erroneous and extraneous words -- that made reading a less than enjoyable task.
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